In Born to Be Good, Dacher Keltner demonstrates that humans are not hardwired to lead lives that are “nasty, brutish, and short”—we are in fact born to be good. Antony van Leeuwenhoek changed how we look at the natural world. Born in Delft, the Netherlands, in , he came from a family of brewers. In Born to Be Good, Dacher Keltner demonstrates that humans are not hardwired to lead lives that are “nasty, brutish, and short”-we are in fact.

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Dec 10, Matthew rated it really liked it. By this point I had learned that the author is a Psychology professor who specializes in facial feature analyzes. The author, a professor at UC Berkeley, explains how he and his students and other researchers are demonstrating that positive emotions and behavior such as smiling, touching, and caring for others, are biologically based and have their origins in our evolution as a species who davher care for our young over a very extended number of years.

Born to be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life – Dacher Keltner – Google Books

His research is fascinating. This book title is really misleading. The kindness, sacrifice, and jen that make dachfr healthy communities are rooted in a bundle of nerves that has been producing caretaking behavior for over million years of mammalian evolution.

I recommend this read for anyone interested in human nature.

Born to Be Good is a profound study of how emotion is the key to living the good life and how the path to happiness goes through human emotions that connect people to t another. I have read this a couple of times and have it as an audio book, I listen to it often on godo way to work and have referenced it many times. Compassion does not render kelhner tearful idlers, moral weaklings, or passive onlookers but individuals who will take on the pain of others, even when given the chance to skip out on such difficult action or in anonymous conditions.


Some of it gets a little dry and boring, but it is very uplifting to read of biological evidence of how “fearfully and wonderfully made” we are not only as physical beings but as loving beings.

Sorry, that person’s shelf is private. One of the researchers he worked with is able to roll his eyebrows in a wave from side to side. A refreshing change from the dismal topics usually focussed on in the study of psychopathology, Keltner takes us through the cutting edge science on the more redeeming human instincts which underlie gratitude, laughter, embarassment, love compassion and awe.

Mar 18, Rossdavidh rated it liked it Shelves: It gave me hope that, despite what the popular media would have us think, people ARE basically good and cooperative, and that if we can harness that there is hope for us all.

I think this book has the capacity to change the way one perceives other people and how we interact with each other.

Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

Born to Be Good: Although some chapter did drag. You can follow him on Twitter! Great stories and a lot of greats facts. Keltner correctly notes that Darwin himself first suggested this, insisting on “the greater strength of the social or maternal instincts than that of any other instinct or motive.

The book explores the gamut of emotions and facial expressions and how they relate to the evolution of human society. Although I was lured in by the promise of learning about human’s innate goodness something I do not actually believe but was hoping for insightinstead I quickly became bored with facial patterns.


I almost didn’t get past the first chapter, because it was sort of bizarre. Given the wonderful introductory chapter, this was a definite let down.

Its got a little bit of evolutionary biology, nueroscience, psychology; pretty cool.

I was greatly disappointed that I did not have an existential book that argued how we’re do good things for society and world. The Science of a Meaningful Life. He highlights Darwin’s work about emotions and shows how small and simple expressions and gestures enhance the well-being of others and also of oneself.

If interested in more on this I suggest the following books: By Jason Marsh November 20, About the Author Follow. Jul 25, Michael rated it liked it.

He makes some points that tend to renew one’s faith in humanity. He investigates an old mystery of human evolution: I would propose conducting a blind test and and a placebo group. But its connection to the principal aim of the book is questionable. The presentation of Darwin’s work with emotion and body language was especially interesting. The book starts out proposing a formula for happiness which is basically good stuff divided by kektner stuff.

Barbara Oakley’s Evil Genes also gives a different perspective. By combining stories of scientific discovery, personal narrative, and Eastern philosophy, Keltner illustrates his discussions with more than fifty photographs of human fo.